Filling the skills gap to build a successful career
After completing her undergraduate degree, Fay Zhao obtained her first full-time job in a field unrelated to her studies. She recognized the gap between her existing skills and knowledge, and what she would need in order to be successful in her new career.
Hoping to build her knowledge and obtain an industry-recognized certification without giving up her job, Fay completed Conestoga's Global Business Management graduate certificate program though part- time studies.
We recently had the opportunity to speak with Fay about her journey with Conestoga and how it has helped expand her knowledge and build her career.
Flexible schedule options and smaller classes were definitely the biggest strengths. The learning atmosphere is different in small-class environments where students are encouraged to reflect on their own study and work experience. In addition to gaining real-world perspective from highly qualified faculty members
who have extensive work experience in the subjects they teach, I was also able to learn from my classmates who work in the same field. Their insights included new ideas and more effective ways of approaching and completing tasks.
What was your reason for registering in this program?
I wanted to acquire applicable knowledge that I can use immediately at work. Continuing education is also a great way to further develop core business competencies.
Did you complete your courses through in-class or online study?
I have taken both in-class and online courses, and I found both delivery options great.
What was your initial perception of online learning? Did it change after your experience?
My initial perception of online learning was that I would have to do everything on my own. After finishing two online courses at Conestoga, my perception changed. Instructors were very accessible and they responded to questions very quickly. The online portal helped me stay connected. Group assignments and case studies provided opportunities to connect with fellow classmates who share similar interests or work in the same field. Online classes are a convenient alternative when there are time constraints or other commitments. They offer flexibility and require no travel time.
What positive outcomes have come from continuing your education?
Through continuing my education, I expanded my knowledge and was able to apply my new learning to work. Most importantly, I experienced a feeling of personal fulfillment every time I successfully completed a course.
How were you able to fit the course-work into your day-to- day life?
It was relatively easy for me. Learning has always been an important part of my day- to-day life. When I consider something important, I will find time for it.
If you could share advice with others considering Conestoga's programs and courses, what would it be?
There is always something new and something interesting to learn. Continuing Education is not only for job-related needs or skills development; it is also a great way to learn about subjects of personal interest. Conestoga offers a wide range of programs and courses and a variety of learning options. You are sure to find a program or course that fits your needs.
Do you plan on furthering your development by enrolling in other part-time courses with Conestoga?
Definitely! Learning something new is always fun and rewarding, and it keeps me motivated.
Conestoga College wishes to thank Fay for sharing her experience.